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The ancestry of the name Ravenscraft dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Ravenscroft in Cheshire. Ravenscraft is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Ravenscraft Early Origins



The surname Ravenscraft was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Ravenscraft Spelling Variations


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Ravenscraft Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ravenscraft have been found, including Ravenscroft, Ravenscroff and others.

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Ravenscraft Early History


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Ravenscraft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ravenscraft research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1635, 1689, 1665, 1697, 1600, 1673, 1640, 1660, 1681, 1621, 1622, 1665, 1697, 1632, 1683, 1654 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Ravenscraft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ravenscraft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ravenscraft Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Ravenscroft ( ca. 1582- c.1635), English editor, singer at St Paul's Cathedral, composer and music theorist; Ravenscroft, English wigmaker who co-founded Ede & Ravenscroft, the oldest tailors in London in 1689; John Ravenscroft ( c. 1665-1697), also known as Giovanni Ravenscroft and Giovanni Rederi, an English...

Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ravenscraft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ravenscraft, or a variant listed above: Benjamin Ravenscroft who settled in Virginia in 1679; Francis Ravenscroft, who settled in Maryland in 1733; Richard Ravenscroft, who settled in Philadelphia in 1772.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ravenscraft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ravenscraft (post 1700)



  • Mark T. Ravenscraft, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000

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    Other References

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    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ravenscraft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ravenscraft Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 January 2016 at 12:53.

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